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Free at Noon Flashback: Guster performs new and old songs to a sold-out crowd

Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack

World Cafe Live hosted legendary modern rock band Guster this afternoon for a Free at Noon performance. The set featured songs from a variety of albums, including old hits like “Satellite” and new jams like “Simple Machine.” The band’s catalog, which spans over 20 years, drew a crowd from a variety of ages, all of which were singing and clapping along. Notably, band members Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds showed off their musicianship by playing a variety of instruments throughout the set, including the guitar, bass, xylophone, tambourine, and keyboards. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Woman At The Well” by Israel Nash

Israel Nash photo by Pooneh Ghana
Israel Nash photo by Pooneh Ghana

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Israel Nash was recently on World Cafe for an interview and performance of songs from his recent album, Rain Plans.

His third album, Rain Plans, was recorded by Nash after he moved from New York to Dripping Springs, Texas, near Austin. Many of the reviews of Nash’s recent album point out comparisons to the music of Neil Young. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: DRGN King skips their day jobs to rock the first midday concert of 2015

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack

WXPN’s 2015 Free at Noon Series kicked off with DRGN King this afternoon, and boy was it a great way to kick off the new year. The band, including lead singer/guitarist Dom Angelella – who said he had to take off from his day job teaching guitar today just to perform – played a wildly energetic and rambunctious set. Tracks performed included hits from their latest album, Baltimore Crush, such as “Undertow,” “Don’t Trust the Sad Boys,” and “In the Future.” Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Bobby Long serenades World Cafe Live upstairs with his rootsy jams

Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack

UK folk artist Bobby Long played a striking and sincere show upstairs at World Cafe Live for today’s Free At Noon. The set was a mix of the old and new, the opener coming from his yet-to-be-titled crowd-funded album, followed with some of Long’s older tracks from his debut, A Winter Tale, and second, Wishbone. He jokingly commented on their central theme of death this close to the holidays, jibing “Happy holidays, everyone.” Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Lower 40 give Bobbie Gentry a smashing and sincere tribute

The Lower 40 | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Lower 40 | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert featured 11 local musicians paying tribute to Bobbie Gentry’s album Ode to Billie Joe, in celebration of author Tara Murtha’s new 33 1/3 book exploring the album. Performing under the name The Lower 40 (a lyric from the album’s title track), the band took the stage today at noon, filling it out entirely with their five interchanging vocalists, horns, vibraphone and more. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Revivalists tear it up at World Cafe Live

The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

As Lousiana-based rock soul group The Revivalists stepped onto the stage at today’s Free At Noon, it quickly became clear that the show would be an electric one. The six-piece (keyboardist Michael Girardot was unable to play due to a family matter) quickly blasted into their foot-stomping jams with a head-bobbing crowd in tow. Rip-roaring solos from saxophonist Rob Ingraham, guitarist Zack Feinberg, and pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams peppered the performance and kept the crowd hooting for more. Lead singer David Shaw amped up excitement by jumping off stage and high-fiving show-goers while crooning into his microphone. The group’s laid-back style made for some positive vibes, especially when Shaw plopped down Indian-style during the performance. After finishing their last song, the group lingered on stage and made light banter with the audience before launching into an encore. The show was magnetic and made it pretty clear that when The Revivalists take the stage, they’ll give you 110%. Check out a gallery of photos from today’s Free at Noon in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “When I’m Able” by The Revivalists

The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Soulful and rocking, The Revivalists are a seven piece band based in New Orleans. With horns a plenty, pedal steel and keyboards complementing the guitar, bass and drums setup, the band formed in 2007 and since then has become a major touring band and a fixture on the local New Orleans music scene. Fronted by David Shaw, the band’s recent album, City of Sound was self-released in 2012 and was re-released with bonus live songs on Wind-Up Records last March. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Shark Tape fill the room with energy upstairs at World Cafe Live

Shark Tape | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Shark Tape | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Philly-based rock trio Shark Tape played a lively set and kept the crowd moving upstairs at today’s Free At Noon. After they launched into their set, the room quickly filled with their sound; guitarist / vocalist Niles Weiss laid into soaring guitar solos, lead vocalist and bassist Stephen Lorek kept the low end thumping and howled to the crowd; drummer Dylan Mulcahly kept a tight beat and embellished with his own vocals. Continue reading →